By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2014
An eruv is a ritual zone typically marked by wire or string that makes certain activities otherwise forbidden on the Sabbath possible for Orthodox Jews. There are numerous restrictions on activities on the Sabbath, which runs from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, related to a prohibition on working on what's supposed to be a day of rest. For example, carrying keys, money or even babies - even pushing children in a stroller - is prohibited. But an eruv expands the private walls of the home, relaxing those restrictions.
By Compiled from the files of the Historical Society of Carroll County | October 24, 1999
75 years ago: On Sunday, Oct. 26, at Westminster in the Armory, at 2: 30 o'clock, there will be held a mass meeting for women to be addressed by Mrs. L. M. DeSilva of New York City. It is not a political meeting, but a meeting in the interest of Sabbath Schools and right living. -- Democratic Advocate, Oct. 24, 1924.
By John Murphy and John Murphy,Sun Foreign Reporter | September 25, 2006
JERUSALEM -- Israel's national electric company is facing a religious quandary: How can the Jewish state's power supplier generate electricity on the Sabbath without violating the laws of the Jewish day of rest and prayer? To find an answer, the multibillion-dollar company has turned to the shabby offices of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Halperin, a 72-year-old spiritual adviser with a Father Time beard, who is widely recognized as the final word on what is possible and what is not under Orthodox Jewish law. Jewish law provides a guide for the actions of observant Jews from morning until night.
By Alice Lukens and Alice Lukens,SUN STAFF | August 8, 2000
If Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman becomes the nation's next vice president, he would likely be the first to hang a mezuzah by his office door as a sign of his Jewish faith. The Connecticut Democrat also would be the first vice president to order kosher take-out or to observe Saturday as the Sabbath. As an Orthodox Jew, religious law generally forbids him from working sundown Friday until sundown Saturday. While balancing his religion with his career might prove a challenge, Al Gore's vice presidential candidate already has a track record of doing it. Lieberman, 58, has successfully juggled his strict religion and his busy career for 11 years in the U.S. Senate and before that as the state attorney general of Connecticut and as a state senator.
By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | December 19, 1997
Bowing to protests that came primarily from the Orthodox community, which argued that the sanctity of the Sabbath be maintained, the board of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore has voted not to open the Owings Mills Jewish Community Center on Saturdays.The vote reverses a decision by the board of the Jewish Community Center to open its Owings Mills recreational facilities after 1 p.m. Saturdays. The staff intended to include Jewish-oriented programming and, in deference to the Sabbath, would have prohibited official competitions or league games.
By Matthew Hay Brown | May 14, 2009
Opponents of a controversial plan to open the Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills on Saturday are planning a rally this weekend in defense of the Jewish Sabbath. "It's not a negative rally, it's a positive rally to cause awareness of the sacredness of the observance of the Sabbath," said Eli Schlossberg, an organizer of the event set for noon Sunday at Northwestern High School in Park Heights. From sundown Friday each week until nightfall Saturday, Orthodox and some other Jews observe Shabbat by refraining from work, handling money, driving a car, answering the telephone or operating electrical appliances.
By Shirley Leung and Shirley Leung,Sun Staff Writer | September 4, 1994
Are you busy on Sundays? So are a growing number of Harford County residents.With stores open, myriad recreational activities to consider and weekend work shifts, attending Sunday religious services can be a challenge.The solution? Tuesday church."There are people who have a choice of going to church on a Sunday or losing their job," said the Rev. Bill Smith, rector of St. Mary's Episcopal Church on Emmorton Road.Since Lent, St. Mary's has offered a 30-minute weekday service to accommodate parishioners' weekend schedules.
January 24, 1997
Fleck Funeral Home plans Service of RemembranceFleck Funeral Home will hold its Service of Remembrance on Feb. 1 at the funeral home, 7601 Sandy Spring Road in Laurel.The speaker will be Betsy Hague of Chevy Chase, who has helped people cope with grief and loss of loved ones for more than 25 years.Call the funeral home at (301) 490-0606 or (410) 792-7310 no later than today for the time of the service and for reservations, which are required. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held Feb. 22.Jewish female composers to be highlighted at serviceA presentation on "Women in Jewish Music" will highlight today's 8: 15 p.m. Sabbath service at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave.Marking Shabbat Shirah (Sabbath of Song)
CHICAGO -- The FBI joined in the search yesterday for a gunman who, apparently targeting minorities, swept across three suburbs on Chicago's northern fringe Friday, killing black former Northwestern University basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong, wounding six Orthodox Jews, and firing at two Asian-Americans in a car.Police say a white male between the ages of 25 and 30, driving a blue, four-door sedan, fired on at least 10 people at six different locations within...
By Ken Rosenthal | September 11, 1999
All Gary Williams had to tell Tamir Goodman was that it couldn't work. But that's not what happened, is it?Not even close.Not even at the bitter end.Williams had to jump last Jan. 10, had to offer Goodman a basketball scholarship to Maryland, had to lock up this high school junior, right then and there, before other schools could enter the mix.His ignorance of the complexities presented by Goodman's Orthodox Jewish religion is forgivable. His refusal to play it straight with a 17-year-old -- particularly one of such principle -- is not.Goodman never changed his position.
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